Municipal swimming pools often have to hire additional personnel and circumstances change over the season, and Avalon officials are very pleased that they hired Nathaniel Hardiman as a lifeguard.

Avalon Council approved the hiring, retroactive to June 8, at council’s regular meeting Tuesday. Borough manager Lorraine Makatura reported that within his first day or two on the job, Nathaniel saved a struggling youngster in the pool.


Firefighters and EMS had to maneuver around live electrical wires to rescue the driver of a vehicle who barreled into a utility pole on Route 65 in Emsworth last Monday afternoon.

The one-car accident occurred about 1:30 p.m. near the North Avenue intersection, and close Ohio River Boulevard to traffic for an hour.


Bellevue Council president Tom Hrynda reported at Tuesday’s pre-council meeting that he had received a resignation letter from council member Tom Fodi.

Fodi announced recently that he was planning to move from Bellevue to live closer to family. His four-year term on council ends this year, and he did not seek re-election.

Fodi said Tuesday that his Bellevue home has sold and although it is not known precisely when he and his family will be moving, he thought it best to submit his resignation effective July 31.


The Lincoln Avenue streetscape project will continue for another year, according to Bellevue Director of Administrative Services Ron Borczyk.

Borczyk announced Tuesday that the borough received notification that a $300,000 grant has been awarded for Phase VII.


Bellevue Council members still bothered by the taxpayer cost that has resulted from the two WizardVue events sponsored by the Friends of Bayne Library were less than thrilled to find out the borough has been hit with another $2,000 in personnel costs.


Ohio Township has added three full-time officers to its police department, all of them serving until now as part-time officers with the department.

Barry Bissiere, Michael Weaver and Kevin Friess were introduced at the township supervisors’ meeting Monday night, and each received a new badge reflecting their full-time status from one of the supervisors.


The burglary of a Keswick Avenue home became one of the easier cases to be solved by Bellevue Police, thanks to a watchful neighbor and some detective work by the son of the victim.


The magical forces that turned Bellevue into “WizardVue” last Saturday may have had some unfortunate mind-clouding side effects. The Harry Potter-themed festival has been the subject of heated discussion by Bellevue Council over the last few weeks, and continued to be front and center at Tuesday’s council meeting as officials expressed frustration that their directives had not been followed.


For the benefit of those who have never experienced a fire scene up close, it can appear to be a confused mass of people going every which way clad in heavy bunker suits and air tanks, hoses being attached to fire hydrants and pulled in various directions, flashing lights, sirens, ladders being raised, and lots and lots of trucks and firefighters racing in to help save someone’s home or business.


The North Boroughs Community Day and Fireworks Display have been canceled for Saturday, June 29, due to thunderstorms that are expected to move through the area.

The veterans wall rededication will still be held at the Avalon pool at 6:15 p.m.

The rain date for the Community Day event is Labor Day, Sept. 2.


Avalon’s 2019 street paving program should be underway soon, as the borough council voted unanimously at its meeting Tuesday to award a contract to T.A. Robinson Asphalt Paving, Inc.


Northgate’s youngest students are responding well to a literacy program introduced in 2016, according to the principals of Avalon and Bellevue elementary schools.


As expected, the Northgate School Board voted Monday to approve a general fund budget for 2019-20 in the amount of $26,882,134, with a 3 percent property tax millage rate increase generating about $320,000 in additional revenue for the coming fiscal year.


The deadline for the 2018 Pennsylvania Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program has been extended to Dec. 31, 2019.

The rebate program benefits eligible Pennsylvanians age 65 and older; widows and widowers age 50 and older; and people with disabilities age 18 and older. The income limit is $35,000 a year for homeowners and $15,000 annually for renters, and half of Social Security income is excluded. Spouses, personal representatives or estates may also file rebate claims on behalf of claimants who lived at least one day in 2018 and meet all other eligibility criteria.


As expected, at Monday night’s meeting, the Avonworth School Board approved the final budget for the 2019-20 school year in the amount of $34,339,313.00.

Additionally, Resolution 061019-A was approved establishing the millage rate at an increased level of 19.53 mills for the 2019-20 school year.

The board also approved purchasing the Carnegie Learning Math Program for grades 6-8 at a cost of $65,000.


Bellevue mayor Emily Marburger’s latest misstep with regard to the WizardVue festivals will cost a nonprofit group a significant chunk of their proceeds, but could result in a more organized event procedure that will impact both officials and groups wanting to stage events in the borough.


The Northgate School District will welcome a new director of curriculum, as the school board voted unanimously Monday night to hire Dr. Christopher Caton for the position.

Caton will replace Shawn Tomaszewski, who will leave Northgate at the end of the month to take a position as principal of Baldwin High School.

The new director is coming to Northgate from the Moon School District, where he has been the director of curriculum since 2014.


Although it won’t stop the Northgate School Board from increasing taxes this year, the board has agreed to work with a local real estate broker to figure out why steadily increasing home sale prices are not automatically resulting in higher tax revenue for the district without an increase in millage.


Bellevue Police are looking for any information that could lead to the arrest of an armed robber who hit the Lincoln Avenue CoGo’s convenience store just before 10 p.m. last Sunday, June 9.

Police believe the assailant, who forced the lone female clerk to give him money from the register and back office, is a black male, although head-to-toe clothing prevented any type of detailed description.

Police say he used a small semi-automatic handgun that appeared to be a Glock-style weapon with two-toned coloring (brown and black).


Not only is Pittsburgh the first U.S. city to have been selected for an international spotlight on education innovation by global non-profit HundrED, which seeks and shares inspiring ideas in K-12 education with the goal of scaling them worldwide, but a program developed by students at the Avonworth Primary Center is one of only 12 Pittsburgh initiatives that will be shared with the world.


If you see smoke in Bellevue, it probably isn’t coming from the dragon perched atop Bellevue Elementary, but from Bellevue Council chambers.

Just days after council ordered an investigation into the unapproved expenditure of nearly $10,000 in tax monies for WizardVue last August, officials found that the public works crew had been used to cover the Route 65 “Bellevue -- Live, Worship, Shop” sign with an advertisement for WizardVue Two.



This fall, Avonworth middle school students will most likely be using a new curriculum for their math lessons.

During last Monday night’s work session, assistant superintendent Jeff Hadley presented the school board with detailed information about the Carnegie Learning Math Program, which he is recommending that the board approve purchasing next week. The program is designed for grades 6-8 and employs a problem-based approach to learning math. It is aligned to the recent shifts in core standards, unlike the Glencoe program currently used.


Some 10 months after Harry Potter fans gathered in Bellevue for WizardVue, and just weeks before WizardVue Two is set to take over the borough’s main street, Bellevue Council is calling for a formal investigation of the unapproved expenditure of nearly $10,000 in tax dollars for last year’s event.


Following a traffic stop on May 15, Richard H. Smallis, 26, of New Brighton, was arrested for possession of suspected marijuana.

On May 16, a motor vehicle accident occurred at North Starr and Union avenues. No injuries were reported.

Jeremy M. Flood, 43, of Evans City, was arrested on May 17 for driving under the influence of a controlled substance.

Galen Hampton Gray, 32, McKees Rocks, was arrested on May 17 for driving under the influence of a controlled substance.